Fighting terror: India to press US not to lift freeze on Pak aid

Fighting terror: India to press US not to lift freeze on Pak aid

United States' move to suspend all security assistance to Pakistan prompted New Delhi to try and impress upon Washington DC not to restart funds flow unless Islamabad acts decisively against all terrorist outfits.

New Delhi is of the view that it has been vindicated by the US move on Friday for suspension of all security assistance to Pakistan, including $ 900 million as coalition support fund and $ 255 million as foreign military funding.

Sources in New Delhi, however, said that India would try to impress upon the US that the suspension should not be lifted as long as Islamabad does not act against all terrorist groups, including anti-India outfits based in Pakistan, like Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Announcing the suspension of America's security assistance to Pakistan, the US State Department's spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the flow of military aid would not restart until Islamabad acts decisively against the terror groups, including Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network.

Alleges misuse

The US has so far been more keen to press Pakistan to act against Taliban and Al Qaeda and, of late, Islamic State, but has not done much to prod Islamabad to act against anti-India outfits like LeT and JeM. New Delhi, however, has been arguing that Islamabad must be made to drop its selective approach of fighting certain terrorist organisations, while providing sanctuary and safe haven to others.

New Delhi, according to the sources, has been accusing Islamabad of misutilising the US aid for funding anti-India terror organisations like LeT and JeM, instead of combating terrorists like Al Qaeda and Taliban.

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